Donatella Versace Returns to Versus’ Sporty Roots for the Versus Versace Spring/Summer 2017 Collection

The Versus Versace spring/summer 2017 collection was shown in London and brought an edgy look to the runway in shades of military green, yellow and orange, as well as a lot of black on black. Surprisingly the denim used in the collection was very light, allowing for a great contrast with the rest of the pieces. Each of the forty-three looks was definitely rebellious, but the highlight of the show was actually the use of an aluminum mesh that adorned several pieces.

Versus Versace Spring/ Summer 2017 Collection - London Fashion Week

The shoes featured buckled cuffs on the ankles of open-style stilettos and stunning knee-high buckle detailed boots and ankle boots. One pair of sandals had a buckle over the top and the popular platform sole. Another accessory that was eye-catching was the long dangling mesh earring.

The jackets were amazing, complementary and fun without being outside of the edginess of the brand. There was movement in a lot of pieces from a dress with flowing mesh panels.

There was some shake up in the Versus Versace house: Anthony Vaccarello left Versus to replace Hedi Slimane at Saint Laurent, causing an in-house shift to fill his spot at Versus. With the adjustments that were made, Donatella Versace decided to return to the original intended aesthetic for her Versus girl.

Versus Versace Spring/ Summer 2017 Collection - London Fashion Week

These adjustments were actually pretty significant in the aesthetics of the Versus Versace spring/summer 2017 ready-to-wear collection. She has been quoted saying that for the 20th anniversary of the collection’s launch the line would be “getting back to my Versus girl. She’s a bad girl, a rebel. She breaks rules.”

The Versus ready-to-wear for spring and summer 2017 is not a collection that will be participating in the see it and buy it now model that many of the designers are now following or considering. According to Donatella Versace, “it’s better to keep refreshing your store with little groups of clothes.”

Versus Versace Spring/ Summer 2017 Collection - London Fashion Week

The upcoming refresh will certainly be seeing a lot of metallic mesh and chain mail. This material was glinting from behind the rips and tears in the denim pieces on the runway, also seen as earrings and even a handbag. The mesh was in patches on several of the outfits. The enhancement on the club dresses, tops and jackets was not overpowering in any way, just an embellishment that elevated the look.

Donatella is very excited about the new material, even being quoted saying that it helped her provide better prices to her customers. In creating a more accessible price point Donatella Versace is expanding her customer base for Versus happily. She credited the mesh by saying: “The difference between now and the beginning is that there’s a new metal mesh that is made out of aluminum and really light, so we can now use it!”

Versus Versace Spring/ Summer 2017 Collection - London Fashion Week

Versus Versace Spring/ Summer 2017 Collection - London Fashion Week

The overall collection was exciting and youthful with a rebellious air, just as Donatella Versace planned it.

Versus Versace Spring/ Summer 2017 Collection - London Fashion Week

Versus Versace Spring/ Summer 2017 Collection - London Fashion Week

Photos courtesy of Vogue

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